Cider Tour in The Hardangerfjord
Experience local tastes and a magnificent fjord landscape on a cider tour to Hardanger! This tour includes several cider tastings in the Hardanger, as well as a sustainable fjord cruise with the ultra-modern catamaran Vision of the Fjords. During the tour, you will experience an orchard walk in Lofthus, visit the Norwegian cider champion Aga and learn more about cider and cider production in Norway. You will also be served a delicious lunch at Aga Farm.
Did you know that "Cider from Hardanger" or "Hardangersider" is a protected origin name, just like Calvados or Champagne? On the Cidertour in Hardanger you travel right into the heart of this geographical area with its fantastic fjord landscape and lush orchards. You will experience an exciting and tasty tour through a landscape of mighty mountains, dramatic waterfalls, fascinating glaciers, and lush orchards.
You start the tour from Bergen with a bus trip across Kvamskogen Forest to Norheimsund. In Norheimsund, hop on the express boat that takes you to beautiful Lofthus, an idyllic fruit village in the heart of the Hardangerfjord.
Orchard walk in Lofthus
Lofthus and the surrounding area is known as the "Orchard in Hardanger", and it is in these beautiful surroundings that you go on a guided orchard walk. Here you get to taste fresh Hardanger Cider and learn why Hardanger offers the ideal conditions for cider production. You will have 3 tastings here, and you will also have time to visit the farm shop of Alvavoll Fruit and Sidergard.
Electric Fjord Cruise
After the orchard walk, you board the state-of-the-art catamaran Vision of the Fjords. The boat runs on electricity and the trip is quite an experience in itself. From the large and open decks, you can enjoy a silent and comfortable trip over the beautiful Hardangerfjord. On the boat trip, you will have great views of the mighty Folgefonna Glacier, the majestic mountains of the Hardangerfjord as well as the lush fruit orchards covering both sides of the fjord.
Cider tasting & lunch at Aga Sideri
You disembark the boat when you arrive at Aga, and as you walk onto the dock you will be greeted by a fruit farmer from Aga Sideri. Aga Sideri is a cider manufacturer that produces some of the finest cider available in Norway, perhaps even in the world! In 2019, the cider "Bøddel" (Executioner) won the award "Norway's best cider". At the cider farm, you will learn more about how traditional Hardanger Cider is made and get to taste different ciders, including Norway's best cider; Bøddel. You will have 3 tastings here and also get the opportunity to buy your favorites home with you.
Now that you have a thorough introduction to how cider is made (and how it tastes!), a delicious homemade lunch will be served at Agatunet. The lunch menu will consist of locally sourced ingredients with a focus on fresh produce. You will also be treated to a guided tour in historic Agatunet, one of the few remaining farm clusters in Norway. After a tasty lunch, it's time to get back on the boat and cruise back to Lofthus.
Cider tasting at Ekspedisjonen Skjenkestove
If you want to get even better acquainted with the local cider, you can choose to take part in some more cider tasting at Ekspedisjonen Skjenkestove & Bryggeri. Here they make cider and beer from their own microbrewery and the brewery masters Fredrik Opedal and Geir Utne guarantee for both quality and taste. At the "Ekspedisjonen" you get to taste two of their own ciders, as well as two ciders from other local producers.
After an exciting, eventful, and tasty day it is time to take a boat to Norheimsund and a bus back to Bergen. Shortly after departure from Norheimsund, you will be able to see the roaring Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall and on the journey further west, you will experience the scenic mountain landscape of Vestlandet on a comfortable bus ride.
You can take this tour as a day trip from Bergen, but if you start from Oslo the tour requires overnight stays in Bergen. Either way, we highly recommend spending some extra time in Hardanger! There are many beautiful hotels in Hardanger and several exciting activities you can do in the region.
Have a great and tasty trip!